With bitterly cold wind gusts and freezing temperatures approaching, Quebec' homes are at an increased risk of being damaged. To help homeowners in all provinces prepare, the Quebec arm of the Insurance Bureau of Canada is arming them with some suggestions for how they can winterize their properties.
According to Jack Chadirdjian, director of public affairs for IBC, one of the most important things homeowners can do is prepare for water damage.
"Water damage accounts for about half of all claims paid out in home insurance in Quebec, well ahead of fire and theft," said Chadirdjian. "Every year, it costs the Canadian insurance industry more than $1 billion to compensate policyholders who have suffered water damage."
In order to prevent water from damaging a home, the group says homeowners should check the condition of their roof, as that's one of the ways water can leak inside. If the shingles haven't been replaced in at least 20 years, a professional should inspect the roof, as it may need to be replaced.